Mercer tried his hand at writing lyrics for Johnny Mandel's theme for
the film 'The Sandpiper', but they were rejected by the film's producer.
At Mercer's suggestion, lyricist Paul Francis Webster then took a crack
at it. The haunting song that resulted won an Academy Award ( the first
for Mandel and the third for Webster ) and a Grammy, and became the most
recorded and performed song of 1965. It is still a favourite everywhere.
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
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